During his ecumenical pilgrimage to Geneva for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Pope Francis spoke at an ecumenical prayer meeting (CWN coverage) before having lunch at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute. The Pope then returned to the WCC Ecumenical Centre, where he delivered this address (video).
During a press conference on his return flight from Switzerland, Pope Francis weighed in on ecumenism, migrants and refugees, and peace. He also said that he authorized Cardinal-designate Luis Ladaria Ferrer’s recent letter blocking a proposal by the German bishops’ conference that would have allowed Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Communion on a […]
After delivering an address at the World Council of Churches, Pope Francis traveled to the Palexpo, a convention center in Geneva, where he celebrated Mass (video). Reflecting on “Father,” “bread,” and “forgiveness,” the Pope preached on Matthew 6:7-15, the Gospel reading of the day. Soon after the Mass, Pope Francis departed for Rome (video).
“Our job is to be ready to do anything for these people,” said Auxiliary Bishop Arturo Pablo Ros Murgadas of Valencia. “We have spiritual homes that can accommodate plenty of people and that we can immediately provide. And translators, lecturers from the Catholic university, cultural mediators, psychologists, doctors, nurses, cooks.”
Harrisburg, Pa., Jun 22, 2018 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The release of a Grand Jury report detailing cases of clerical sex abuse in six of the eight Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania has been blocked by the state’s Supreme Court for unspecified reasons. The court released the unsigned order June 20, but did not state which individuals or groups had applie […]
Vatican City, Jun 22, 2018 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the start of his Vatican City trial Friday, Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, a former diplomat for the Holy See, admitted to charges of the possession and distribution of child pornography while working in the U.S. Capella, 51, a former Vatican diplomat, was recalled from the U.S. nunciature in Washingto […]
Masaya, Nicaragua, Jun 22, 2018 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- Amid continued unrest in Nicaragua, Church leaders traveled to the city of Masaya Thursday to pray and appeal for peace. Protests began April 18 after Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced social security and pension reforms. The changes were soon abandoned in the face of widespread, vocal opposition, […]
Vienna, Austria, Jun 22, 2018 / 02:37 pm (CNA).- After U.S. President Donald Trump called Monday for a new military branch referred to as the “space force,” the Holy See has encouraged a unified, peaceful approach to space exploration. “The Holy See wishes to stress the importance of ensuring that outer space remains peaceful and that all outer space activit […]
Jackson, Miss., Jun 22, 2018 / 12:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A man convicted of the 2016 slayings of two religious sisters in Mississippi will not receive the death penalty and will instead spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. Rodney Earl Sanders, 48, pled guilty on Thursday to murdering Sr. Margaret Held, SSSF, and Sr. Paula […]
Des Moines, Iowa, Jun 22, 2018 / 10:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After reviewing $844,000 worth of grants that were given by Polk County, Iowa to local Catholic schools a few years back, the Diocese of Des Moines said that it believes the grants complied with state law. “The Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines has concluded that there is nothing improper associa […]
Vatican City, Jun 22, 2018 / 10:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis stressed Friday the important role the Eastern Catholic Churches play in spreading the Gospel given that many of them are concentrated in the Holy Land, and said Jerusalem in particular should be protected from tensions and political disputes. “The Oriental Catholic Churches, as living witn […]
London, England, Jun 22, 2018 / 03:01 am (CNA).- The feast of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More is observed as an optional memorial June 22. So that our readers don’t have to fish for more information, CNA has compiled a question-and-answer lowdown on their lives and legacies: Who was St. Thomas More? St. Thomas More (1478-1535) was a humanist and intellect […]
Washington D.C., Jun 22, 2018 / 12:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Government restrictions on religion continued to rise across the globe in 2016, according to a recently released Pew study, which linked the stifling of religion to nationalist parties and organizations. “This marks the second year in a row of increases in the overall level of restrictions imposed ei […]
Vatican City, Jun 21, 2018 / 05:22 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis said Thursday that the German bishops’ debate on the reception of the Eucharist by the non-Catholic spouses of Catholics, also referred to as intercommunion, should be decided by diocesan bishops, rather than bishops’ conferences. Speaking aboard the papal flight from Geneva to Rome June 21, the po […]